Bellator 71 was the first card to kick off Bellator’s “Summer Series” and boy did the card deliver.

The crowd in Chester, W.Va. was treated to eight finishes out of the nine fights on the card. The light heavyweight tournament kicked off and moving on will be Travis Wiuff, Attila Vegh, Emmanuel Newton and Tim Carpenter with each fighter ending their fights before the third round.

Also on the card was the anticipated return of heavyweight, Brett Rogers, who returned against Kevin Asplund. Also Josh Stansbury captured the NAAFS light heavyweight title with a submission victory over Dan Spohn.

Travis Wiuff knocks out Chris Davis to secure spot in semifinals

Travis Wiuff tried to use his strength and experience early on in the fight and for most of round one, he held Chris Davis against the cage trying to secure the single leg takedown.

Davis showed excellent takedown defense; stopping any attempt at a takedown before Wiuff finally secured the takedown and threw vicious shots as he held onto Davis’ back. Wiuff eventually landed one shot that collapsed Davis and then started rapidly throwing more punches to secure a TKO win and the final spot in the Bellator light heavyweight semifinals.

Afterwards Wiuff warned current Bellator light heavyweight champion, Christian M’Pumbu that “I’m coming for that belt.” Chilling words from a dangerous man. Wiuff defeated M’Pumbu last year in a non-title affair.

Attila Vegh submits Zelg Galesic to advance

Zelg Galesic made one mistake, and it was big enough to give Attila Vegh the win. Galesic caught Vegh early in the first round and started pressing the action, pushing Vegh back towards the cage wall. Call it luck, call it heart, call it whatever you want but Vegh hung on and swung back dropping Galesic.

When Galesic dropped, Vegh jumped on him, grabbed his back and choked him out. Vegh, known as a striker, now has 11 submission victories to his credit and is the next entrant into the light heavyweight semifinals.

Emanuel Newton sinks in choke, submits Roy Boughton

It didn’t take long for Cesar Gracie product Roy Boughton to end up on the ground, but it was Emanuel Newton in the first round who was more effective keeping control. Newton was even able to slam Boughton a couple of times marking a rough first round for Boughton.

Eventually, Newton was able to capitalize on a Boughton mistake, and get the back during a scramble. Newton sunk in his hooks and got the rear-naked choke. With the win, Newton advanced to the semifinals with an impressive ground display against someone with strong grappling credentials.

Tim Carpenter takes Beau Tribolet’s arm on way to light heavyweight semifinals

Round one started off with both fighters being tentative to throw and open up with a strong round, but Tim Carpenter was more the aggressor pushing Beau Tribolet back for a chunk of the round.

Round two went more in the favor of Tribolet who became the aggressor throwing more punches and pushing the action. Carpenter had a mild chance to pull off the guillotine choke, but Tribolet got pulled down and ended on top. Eventually Carpenter found a clear opportunity, swept his legs around the arm of Tribolet and pulled off the submission victory to move to the semifinals.

Travis Wiuff def. Chris Davis by TKO (strikes), Round 1, 4:12
Attila Vegh def. Zelg Galesic by submission (rear-naked choke),Round 1, 1:00
Emanuel Newton def. Roy Boughton by submission (rear-naked choke),Round 2, :49
Tim Carpenter def. Beau Tribolet by submission (armbar), Round 2, 4:51
Brett Rogers def. Kevin Asplund by TKO (doctor stoppage), Round 2, 5:00
Kevin Zalac def. Chris Goldbaugh by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
*Josh Stansbury def. Dan Spohn by submission (guillotine choke), Round 1, 2:36
Jason Butcher def. Duane Bastress by submission (triangle choke), Round 1, 1:03
Neil Johnson def. Brylan Van Artsdalen by submission (rear-naked choke), Round 2, 4:29
*Stansbury captured the NAAFS Light Heavyweight Title

Photo: Travis Wiuff (Peter Lockley/Sherdog)

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Sal DeRose
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Sal hails from New Jersey and is currently training for his first MMA fight. He hopes to use his knowledge and insight to generate articles that interest and entertain you. Outside of MMA, Sal is a big fan of every other sport. He's a diehard New York sports fan, with the exception of cheering for the Packers.